Prince is seen inside his doctor’s office a day before his death, and his assistant on multiple trips to Walgreens to collect pills, in newly-released videos of the pop legend’s tragic final hours.
The footage was released on Thursday, the same day Carver County Attorney Mark Metz said a probe into Prince’s death from an overdose of fentanyl was closing without any criminal charges being bought by county, state or federal prosecutors.
Metz said no prosecutors had been able to determine who supplied the fentanyl pills – disguised under the brand name Vicodin – that caused the star’s fatal overdose.
And nor have they been able to find evidence Prince or his entourage knew the pills were counterfeits, or that anyone had conspired to kill him.
The video shows Prince on April 20 looking gaunt and withdrawn as he follows an unidentified man in a light-coloured shirt and trousers down the hallway of the surgery. His pallid face is just visible underneath a black hooded top. Also pictured is Prince’s assistant Kirk Johnson
Prince had been suffering from painkiller dependency for months before his death, as a huge body of documents, photos and videos released at the end of the investigation proves in vivid detail.
On April 20, a day before his death, he was seen on video entering Dr Michael Todd Schulenberg clinic where he complained of feeling ‘antsy’, before suggesting this was because he had stopped taking the non-opioid painkiller Tylenol that morning.
The video shows Prince looking gaunt and withdrawn as he follows an unidentified man in a light-coloured shirt and trousers down the hallway of the surgery. The singer’s pallid face is just visible underneath a black hooded top.
Prince’s assistant, who is assumed to be Kirk Johnson, walks several inches behind and closes the door behind him as they trio continue along the carpeted corridor.
None of the three men appear to be talking as they walk through two plate-glass doors before disappearing down the corridor.
During his examination with Dr Schulenberg, Prince had a urine test which revealed there were opiates in his system, according to medical records seen by Dailymail.com. This led the doctor to suggest he could be suffering from opiate withdrawal.
An announcement earlier on Thursday by the US Attorney’s Office revealed Dr Schulenberg had agreed to pay a $30,000 settlement over a prescription he provided for Prince’s assistant on April 26.
He allegedly wrote a prescription for oxycodone on April 26 in the name of Prince’s bodyguard, intending for the potent painkiller to go Prince, in a potential breach of federal drug laws.
After the cash payment Dr Schulenberg will not be investigated further. Investigators are keen to stress the prescription he provided was not related in any way to Prince’s death.
‘To actively charge a crime requires probable cause and a reasonable likelihood of conviction. The bottom line is that we simply do not have sufficient evidence to charge anyone with a crime related to Prince’s death,’ said Metz.
The Carver County Sheriff’s Department also released video taken at a nearby Walgreens, also on April 20, that shows Johnson filling two prescriptions within hours
The Walgreens video, meanwhile, shows Johnson entering the store at 5.45pm and 7pm and taking away prescriptions.
Johnson, who is dressed in dark clothes is seen lingering by the counter and talking to a shop assistant in blue overalls before leaving with the medication. The singer is thought to have been waiting outside while the transactions were taking place.
Prince, 57, is thought to have taken out prescriptions at several Walgreens stores a total of four times in the week leading up to his death.
Family members also claimed that on April 20 he passed at least eight other pharmacies before entering Walgreens, leading to suggestions he could have picked up multiple prescriptions and tried to hide the paper trail, TMZ reported.
Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park studio compound on April 21, 2016.
His death sparked a national outpouring of grief and prompted a joint investigation by Carver County and federal authorities.
An autopsy found he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin.
Images taken from inside his home by DEA investigators trying to find evidence of federal drug crimes showed the interior strewn with bottles containing various pills
It is not clear where Prince obtained the Fentanyl-laced pills that killed him. Pictured is a photo released by the medical examiner showing a pouch with the word ‘opium’ written on it
Images from inside Prince’s Paisley Park estate showed how it was left after the singer’s overdose
Dr Schulenberg (right) who prescribed Prince (left) opioid painkillers just before his death will pay a $30,000 fine
Metz said several pills were found at the Paisley Park complex after Prince died, and many of them were not in their original pharmaceutical containers.
Some of those pills were later determined to be counterfeit, and state and federal authorities have been investigating the source of the fentanyl for nearly two years.
Images taken inside Prince’s home by investigators revealed Prince’s battle with drugs, with pills bottles found scattered throughout the multi-million dollar property.
Two dozen pills were contained within two bottles of CVS-branded Vitamin C tables inside a black suitcase.
One plastic bag contained three bottles, which were all marked with the Walgreens brand name.
Two of the bottles contained medicines that can be used to counter the symptoms of opiate withdrawal – hydroxyzine and clonidine
These containers of pills were also found on the singer’s vast estate where he died on April 21. They bore the name of Kirk Johnson, his assistant
One work surface was seen strewn with a white powder next to a spoon with a cherry balanced on the top
A bottle with a label reading ‘Aspiring Regimen Bayer, safety coated’ which was found inside Prince’s house
Prince’s body was recovered from outside the entrance to the elevator (pictured). Much of Prince’s decor reflects his flair for the artistic – such as this yellow sun pattern, on a blue carpet
Officials also found a blue pencil case with the word ‘opium’ scrawled on the side in black marker pen.
One work surface was seen strewn with a white powder next to a spoon with a cherry balanced on the top.
Several tables are strewn with piles of cash.
Other photos show a bottle containing 10 pills with ‘TV150’ stamped on one side and ‘3’ on another – suggesting it was an acetaminophen/codeine mixture.
But search warrants suggest these pills were actually from an unused prescription written for Johnson by a Minnesota dentist.
Johnson is not facing any charges over Prince’s death. His attorney, F. Clayton Tyler, said he strongly denies any responsibility for the death of his friend.
Two dozen pills were contained within two bottles of CVS-branded Vitamin C tables inside a black suitcase
A plastic bag containing two unmarked blister packs of pills, and an assortment of other unidenitifed medication
Multiple medicine bottles found on a granite work surface in Prince’s house, next to a bundle of dollar notes
Dr Michael Todd Schulenberg, who has agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a federal civil violation over Prince’s death is seen in an undated file photo
Another piece of evidence that shows Prince’s deteriorating condition in the weeks leading up to his death comes in the form of text messages exchanged between Dr Schulenberg and Johnson.
In these, the medic talks of his concerns over the pop star’s condition, warning that the star’ doesn’t look well.
The messages show Johnson contacted Schulenberg on April 7, 2016 because Prince felt ill and wanted fluids.
He wrote that Prince was supposed to ‘fly out today for a show. He might have some other issues I think.’
Prince’s doctor was concerned about the singer’s ailing health in the days before he died, texts between him and a friend have revealed. He warned Kirk Johnson, a bodyguard and longtime pal of Prince, that ‘he doesn’t look well’ after examining the singer in April 2016
The messages show Schulenberg went to Paisley Park to treat Prince in private and later texted Johnson to wish them a safe trip.
Hours later, Johnson texted back asking how everything went to which Schulenberg said that Prince had no complications from the treatment but ‘just doesn’t look really well.’
‘As you have known him longer you can tell that better than me.’ He offered to perform ‘some lab testing at a future date.’
That took place on April 20 and was recorded in the surveillance camera footage published above.
This string of messages shows the two men organising another time for Prince to receive a medical evaluation
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